Is Hoi An Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Hoi An is generally considered to be safe for solo female travelers. The locals are usually friendly and respectful towards tourists. Violent crime rates are low and most likely, the biggest issue might be dealing with minor touristic scams. It's still advised to be cautious especially during night hours, avoid deserted areas and always keep your belongings secure. As anywhere, it is also important to respect local customs and traditions.

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Safety at night:Safe

Hoi An, is generally a safe city, even at night. The streets are well-lit, which can help avoid potential incidences. Moreover, locals are friendly and willing to help tourists if needed. However, like in any new city, it is always important to be cautious and avoid secluded areas particularly at late hours. Make sure to keep your belongings secure and avoid carrying valuable items openly. While the crime rate is relatively low, it is still important to stay alert and follow general safety precautions. Please keep in mind local customs and dress modestly to respect culture and to avoid unwanted attention. Furthermore, using a well-known, reliable taxi service or ride-share app for longer distances at night is advisable.

Public transportation:Safe

Public transportation in Hoi An is generally considered to be safe. Buses and taxis are readily available. Most drivers are honest and reliable. However, it is always recommended to use a reputable taxi company or ride-sharing app for extra security and avoid overcharging. Remember to always be aware of your surroundings and keep your belongings secure, as you would in any travel situation.

Street harassment:Very low

Hoi An is renowned for being incredibly safe and well-regulated. While common sense and vigilance should never be let down completely, street harassment is remarkably low. The locals are generally respectful and polite, and instances of verbal or physical harassment are quite rare. Therefore, you can expect a largely peaceful experience while navigating the streets of Hoi An.

Petty crimes:Low

Hoi An generally presents a low-safety-risk environment for solo female travelers with regards to petty crimes. While incidents of pickpocketing, bag snatching, and scams can occur, they are not frequent. However, it is always prudent to remain vigilant, especially in busy areas such as markets or bus stations. Ensure you keep your belongings secure at all times and stay alert to any suspicious behavior.

Tap water:Unsafe

While Vietnam has made significant strides in clean water availability, it's generally recommended not to consume tap water in Hoi An, as it still may contain some microbial contaminants or there can be issues of unsafe pipes used for water supply. Bottled water is easily available and affordable, and should be used for drinking and brushing teeth.

Is Hoi An safe to travel?

4.6 /5

Based on 3 experiences

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Is Hoi An safe right now?

Before your visit to Hoi An, it's essential to check travel advisories for Vietnam, including your home country's official travel advisory. These advisories can provide up-to-date information on safety, health, and any specific considerations for travelers.

United States Travel AdvisoryTake normal security precautions

The United States government advises to exercise normal precautions in Vietnam. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: July 24, 2023

Canada's Travel AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

The Canadian Government advises exercising a high degree of caution in Vietnam due to a high rate of petty crime. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: April 18, 2024

Australia's Travel AdvisoryTake normal security precautions

The Australian Government advises to exercise normal safety precautions in Vietnam. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: March 22, 2024

Is Hoi An worth visiting?

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3.5 /5

based on 3 experiences

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I loved every part of my trip to Vietnam, but my stay in Hoi An was so special. I think it's the most beautiful town I've ever been to, the whole place smelled amazing. I got really excellent tailoring done as well!

Posted: February 7, 2024Experienced: August, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Hoi An is the most magical city I have ever been to. It's small, but there is so much to do. I took a bike trip to My Son Temple, did a basketboat ride in a neighboring village, went to the night market, and did a food tour.

Posted: January 1, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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